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Welcome to Volume eight of the Rose+Croix Journal!

The Rose+Croix Journal is an international, transdisciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal that focuses on topics that relate to the sciences, history, the arts, mysticism, and spirituality, especially transdisciplinary topics that traverse and lie beyond the limits of different fields of study. 

In July 2010 hundreds of Rosicrucians and friends gathered at Rosicrucian Park in San Jose, California for Hidden in Plain Sight: The Influence of Western Esoteric Movements on Modern Thought, a conference for scholars and practitioners sponsored by the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC. Several papers in this year's issue of the Rose+Croix Journal were developed from presentations at this esoteric conference. 

This issue features the following papers:

  • “Discovering the ‘Effective Text’: A Method of Esoteric Text Transmission” by Jeffrey S. Durham
  • “Magic and the Binary Code: Renaissance Christian Kabbalah and Buckminster Fuller’s Tensegrity Structures” by Kathryn LaFevers Evans 
  • “How Rosicrucian Friends Concealed and Revealed Shakespeare’s Secrets with Symbols, Clues, and Ciphers” by Helen Heightsman Gordon
  • Materia Prima: The Nature of the First Matter in the Esoteric and Scientific Traditions” by Dennis William Hauck 
  • "Divine Angels’ and Vadzimu in Shona Religion, Zimbabwe” by Takawira Kazembe
  • “Gnostic Imagery from the Beginning of our Era to Today” by Katherine Schaefers 
  • “Esoteric Elements in Russian Cosmism” by George M. Young
  • “Mons Philosophorum” by Zoran Perowanowitsch
  • and in the Currents Section:
  • “The Sacred Dance and the Numinous” by Luiz Berni 

These papers successfully explore our subject areas and transdisciplinary topics and expand our understanding of the natural laws around us. The abstracts for each of the papers are published in English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. 

The Journal encourages scholarly dialogue through its Currents section, and invites readers to submit thoughtful commentary on topics raised in the issue throughout the year, via the email address available in that section.

Also included on the Journal’s website are tools for dissertation searches, research links, archival documents of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, and information on how to submit a paper. The submission deadline for the next issue of the Rose+Croix Journal is October 15, 2011, however, authors are encouraged to submit their papers for the peer-review process as soon as they are ready. 

If you would like to join our team of volunteers working on the Rose+Croix Journal, please let us know. All are welcome!


Christian Bernard
Executive Editor


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